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[News] Free Software Helps Reduce Waste and Extraction

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Helps Reduce Waste and Extraction
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:45:44 +0000
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Open Source Against E-Waste

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| There has always been the suspicion that the 
| hardware manufacturers (especially Intel) 
| teamed up with software vendors (especially 
| Microsoft) to release software applications 
| and operating systems increasingly heavy, 
| forcing a constant process of updating, not 
| only processors, but memory and hard disks 
| too.
| This process of constant update went well 
| until a certain point. Until they reached a 
| sufficient computing power to run several 
| applications in elaborate graphical 
| environments .
| [...]
| With Open Source operating systems and 
| applications, you can recycle old computers, 
| from 2004, 2005, 2006, so they are able to run 
| the latest applications such as Firefox, 
| Audacity, Open Office, and with a little more 
| powerful video hardware, to run the 3D effects 
| of Compiz desktop and KDE 4.


"Monopoly raises two classes of problems for a free society. First, the
existence of monopoly means a limitation on voluntary exchange through a
reduction in the alternatives available to individuals. Second, the existence
of monopoly raises the issue of âsocial responsibilityâ, as it has come to be
called, of the monopolist."

                --Milton Friedman


Linux saves the junkyard dogs

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| With the absolute minimum of fuss & bother I had an NT4 style PDC up and 
| running in less than an hour. Granted, I'd have needed more time if I'd had 
| to do a more complex config, but given that all I need is essentially a 
| glorified NAS box in the least possible time, this Linux distro is perfect.   


Save a Burn â Use UNetbootin

,----[ Quote ]
| So I thought wow, what a great tool.  Iâve recommended it to others before,
| but never actually used it.  Iâm glad UNetbootin added in the support for
| Sabayon Linux.


Saving the Planet with Linux

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| But putting on my objective journalist hat for a moment (that would be a
| raspberry beret), it's safe to say that open source software has several
| environmental benefits over Store Boughten software.
| [...]
| With Linux you're rid of almost everything physical. No shrink wrap, no
| cardboard box full of mostly air, not even a jewel box. Usually the original
| install is from a home-burned CD, though it can be done from a file or a
| flash drive. After that everything is just downloads from the repository, the
| digital equivalent of bringing your own bag to the grocery store.


Free Software Cuts PC Energy Use

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| Remember the EcoButton? Well, thereâs an upgraded version of a similar
| save-energy-via-PC-sleep-mode concept that isnât made of plasticrap. A new
| free software program has been developed by Verdiem that will help cut PC
| energy use by allowing users to schedule when their computer goes into sleep
| mode.
| Called â rather unoriginally â Edison, itâs basically a free version of their
| SURVEYOR software program. A user can decide when their home and work PC
| slips to sleep so it consumes far less energy. While my computer use tends to
| be, well, constant, and I shut it down when I head for bed, something like
| this wouldnât do much for computer-dependent people like me.


Red Hat says Enterprise Linux 5.2 is greener

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| Linux vendor Red Hat has updated its enterprise Linux version with features
| for big servers and some green improvements. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2
| includes virtualisation support for bigger systems and more memory
| architectures.



True or False: E-Waste

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| True or False: Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a Linux-operated
| one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by 50%.
| The answer is: TRUE


Microsoft nears bottom of Greenpeace league table

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| Environmental campaign organisation Greenpeace has published its latest study
| of the green credentials of electronics manufacturers, including makers of
| PCs and mobile phones, as well as Microsoft, which came near the bottom of
| Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics.  


Vista gets slated - by the Greens

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| The Green Party has slammed Microsoft and it's forthcoming operating
| system, Windows Vista, in a withering attack on the company's "monopoly".
| Microsoft not only takes criticism for allegedly environmentally
| unfriendly policies, but for attacking civil liberties.
| The party claims that "Vista gives Microsoft the ability to lock
| you out of your computer," and that "Microsoft are determined not
| to play fair" in the video content market.


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel

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